Thursday, July 23, 2015

June 13 Consecration impacts Jacksonville woman

Candis Smith
Guest Post by Candis Smith
St Joseph Catholic Church
Jacksonville, FL

One Sunday an announcement was made at church about the 33 days to Morning Glory retreat - The Marian Consecration.  I immediately turned to my husband sitting next to me and said, "I have to do that!"  I had no clue what I was saying yes to, what I was committing to or how I was going to find time in my busy schedule to do this retreat.  All I knew I had to do it and be obedient to the Holy Spirit speaking to me. (John 2:5)

I attended the first retreat with no expectations having no idea of what the retreat entailed but I committed to doing it so I was open.  The concept of the retreat in my mind was quite simple - read daily, mediate, pray and meet weekly for small group discussions.  My mind though, was too limited to fully understand the drastic transformation this retreat would have on my life and my family.  I had no idea that something so simple in concept would take my spiritual walk to a whole new level.  As I reflect on the retreat now, it embodies our Holy Mother - humble, simple, loving, gracious, prayerful yet powerful in how she transforms our lives.  Key factor is you have to say YES to her and give her your all and like our Spiritual Mother Mary we are called to ponder the mysteries in our heart.  (Luke 2:51)  Since my consecration on June 13th 2015,  Mary is taking me deeper in her heart, in my thirst and longing to know and love her son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

The retreat is centered on the readings of four saints who dedicated their loves to the Marian Consecration. Before this retreat, I had a relationship with Mary and an understanding of her place in the church but this retreat challenged my total understanding.  Through the Holy Spirit living in Mary, the mysteries of our Holy Mother began to be revealed to me beyond the construct of my limited mind.  I received a revelation that if I am to develop a relationship with her son Jesus,  I must give her my all - body, soul, interior and exterior works.  In this way she can birth Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life and develop, nurture and mature me to be the instrument that God has called me to be for his glorification.  

During his last hour on the cross Jesus weak, broken and knowing his time was at hand gave us all an amazing blessing -  His Mother.  (John 19: 25-27)  Who better to teach us how to have a relationship with the Holy Trinity?  Who better to teach us how to be faithful and truly devoted to Jesus? It is simple - only our Holy Mother given to us by her son Jesus can.  All we have to do is say YES to her and allow her to transform our lives in ways we can't imagine.   I sit during mass in prayer and I'm in awe of her beauty as the rays of God's light shine through her in the stained glass in the Marian Center.  Take her into your heart and let God's light shine brighter in your life.  The next time you hear or read the announcement for the 33 days to Morning Glory, I pray that you listen to the Holy Spirit living in Mary and say YES.
parishioners from St Joseph Catholic Church Jacksonville, FL who consecrated June 13, 2015

Post Script~
Candis was so impacted by the consecration, that she decided to lead a group beginning August 6.

If you'd like to lead a group of your friends just contact me to help you get started
Julie Musselman

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tune in to EWTN Tuesday, July 21 for a segment on Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy


Watch Marian Missionary and former NFL linebacker, Eric Mahl, share his
conversion story and his experience with ministering to the poor and homeless on a stirring episode of EWTN's "The Choices We Face: Taking Mercy to the Streets".

Tuesday, July 21 - 4:30 PM CST/5:30 PM EST

Friday, July 24 - 5:30 AM CST6:30 AM EST

In the present “time of mercy,” the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, inspired by St. John Paul II, consciously and deliberately aim to win the whole world for God (prepare the world for the Lord’s final coming) as quickly as possible especially through the two powerful spiritual weapons of Divine Mercy and Marian consecration.

The Marian Missionaries spread Marian Consecration using Fr. Michael Gaitley's materials for 33 Days to Morning Glory. To get your copy of this book and workbook, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

St Frances of Rome parish offers continual consecration groups

  • Our Lady of the Rosary 2014; Participants were the English Legion of Mary
  • Immaculate Conception  2014; Participants were guests from other nearby parishes
 St. Frances of Rome Parish, Southern CA
Preparation for Consecration To
The Sacred Heart of Jesus through The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Since October 4, 2014 several of our St. Frances of Rome parishioners have completed a 33-day preparation to consecrate themselves to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary (using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory).

These groups have committed to daily readings and reflection on their own time and 5 weekly meetings to watch a 30- minute video (Fr. Michael Gaitley) with Q/A lead by a facilitator. After the consecration, participants have increased their passion in their prayer lives, recognized opportunities to practice virtues, and developed a closer relationship with Jesus.

Classes are conducted in English on Mondays and in Spanish on Tuesdays, culminating in the Consecration Rite during the Saturday morning mass preceding a major Marian Feast Day. Masses are officiated by our Associate Pastor, Fr. John Cordero.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes  2015; Participants were future deacon and wife; and friends

  • Feast of Annunciation  2015; Participant was Parish Bible Study Group

Parroquia de Santa Francisca de Roma
Praparación para la Consagración al Sagrado
Corazón de  Jesús através de el Inmaculado Corazón de María

Desde el 4 de Octubre hasta la fecha, varios de nuestros feligreses de St. Francisca de Roma han completado 33-días de preparación para la consagración  a Jesús através de el Inmaculado Corazón de la Virgen María (usando el libro del Padre Michael Gaitley 33-Días de hacia un Glorioso Amanecer).

Estos grupos se compremetieron a lecturas diarias del libro y a reflecciones  por su cuenta mientras que se juntaban una vez a la semana por un total de 5 veces para ser guiados por un instructor y compartir sus pensamientos.

Después de la consagración, participantes han aumentado su pasión en su vida de oración, han reconocido oportunidades para practicar las virtudes y han desarrollado una relación más intima con Jesús.

Las clases se imparten en Inglés cada Lunes y en Español cada Martes, culminando en el rito de la consagración durante la Misa de la mañana del sábado anterior a una importante fiesta Mariana. Las Misas son oficiadas por nuestro Pastor Asociado, el Padre John Cordero.

  • Our Lady of Fatima 2015; Participants were Spanish Legion of Mary

Submitted by Raul Ramirez, consecration organizer